Power staff on strike

LUCKNOW, MARCH 17. The Uttar Pradesh power department employees today boycotted work and staged demonstrations at the district headquarters demanding merger of 50 per cent DA with their basic salary.

The workers, who struck work on the call of UP Vidyut Karmachari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, threatened to launch a more vigorous agitation if their demand of merger of 50 per cent of the DA with their basic salary from April 1, 2004 was not met, the Samiti spokesman Shailendra Dubey said here.

He said except the shift staff, all employees, junior engineers and engineers abstained from work today and added that if their demand was not met, the shift staff would also join the agitation which would create a serious power crisis in the state. - PTI

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